Embarking On My Environmental Policy Internship

Hi, everyone! My name is Caroline Weiss and I am a recipient of the Frederick Award this year. I’m from Lancaster, PA and missing Pittsburgh after a year at home! A rising senior at Pitt, I’m double majoring in Environmental Studies and Political Science as well as getting a certificate in Global Studies. Outside of…

Final Frederick Blog Post

My internship with the Sierra Club as a political intern has not had an official end, as I’m still volunteering with the political campaign I was working with, and will be with them until the election. I figured now is a good time as any to reflect on my internship experience. Having this experience over…

Learning New Skills

I want to start by saying my internship start and end dates are a little later than everyone else’s, so I apologize for the late posts! I am still interning with the Sierra Club and working with one of their endorsed campaigns, and it has taught me a lot about being a better leader and…

Goodbye, But Not For Good

Today marks the end of my summer internship, generously funded by the David C. Frederick Public Service Internship Award. In our final meeting, us interns were asked to reflect on our experience at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a prominent refugee resettlement agency. “I never knew that this was a career path,” I said. “But…

“Take it Easy” & Other Valuable Lessons

Take it Easy & Avoid Perfection The United States is in the middle of a global pandemic, everyone is stressed, and no one knows exactly what to do. Of all the things I took from my internship from the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, one of the most important things I will take away is…

From Restaurants to Campaigns

My internship is a political internship with the Sierra Club. For this internship they placed me with a political campaign in Pennsylvania, and I work with Danielle Friel Otten’s state house campaign in Chester County. I did not expect to have an internship in a political environment, so it has taken some adjustment. My job…

Flexibility + GIS

Flexibility and other Soft Skills Flexibility. It’s something we’ve all–to varying degrees–had to embrace over the last few months. Starting in March, I knew that finding a suitable internship would be difficult, and by April, I conceded that I probably wouldn’t be doing quite the work I had expected in Summer 2020. But, now coming…

Kismet & My Unconventional Career Path

In Turkish, we have a concept called kismet. It can be translated to “fate,” a somewhat controversial idea across the world. I don’t know if I entirely believe in fate, but I do believe that opportunities in life come to us at the right time, and that closed doors are key to conceiving the future….